CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 SEPTEMBER 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR WHAT MELONI’S TRIUMPH COULD MEAN FOR EUROPE ‘WILL BOLSTER ALL DIMENSIONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY’ P5 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE P7 Modi pays tribute to Abe at state funeral STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min. 66% NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER Max: 33.6°C (+1) Min: 27.1°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:27 hrs 17:29 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 06:30 hrs 18:30 hrs Full moon on 10 October THUMBNAILS Devotees pushing a huge idol of Goddess Durga to the pandal in Agartala on Tuesday. ANI Fresh pan-India raids against PFI:In another I major pan-India crackdown on the Popular Front of India (PFI), a radical organisation, police along with other investigative agencies conducted raids at multiple locations across several states including Delhi on Tuesday in which over 150 people allegedly linked to the Front were arrested.Today's raids were in continuation of the crackdown started by the NIA and ED against the PFI on September 22. rime Minister Narendra Modi today conveyed to the people of Japan India’s “deepest condolences” over the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he pledged to work with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in further strengthening bilateral ties and in finding solutions to the problems around the world. “When I was in Tokyo earlier this year, little did I imagine I would be back for the solemn programme of former PM Abe’s state funeral. He was a great leader, a phenomenal individual, and someone who believed in India-Japan friendship. He shall live on in the hearts of millions!” Mr Modi tweeted after paying floral tributes to Abe. Japan began the state funeral of the assassinated leader with his widow Akie carrying his ashes into a Tokyo hall where thousands of mourners, including leaders from over 100 countries, gathered. Tributes P Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage at the State Funeral Ceremony of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo on Tuesday. ANI were paid with flowers, prayers, and a 19-gun salute. US Vice President Kamala Harris, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo were also among those who attended the state funeral. Following the state funeral, Mr Modi had a private meeting with Mrs. Akie Abe at the Akasaka Palace. The Indian leader recalled his fond memories with “Abe San” and conveyed his heartfelt condolences on this tragic loss, according to MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. Mr Modi's pres- ence at the state funeral is being appreciated by the Japanese side. Mr Modi enjoyed great chemistry with Abe. The departed leader was a votary of strong ties between India and Japan and took a number of initiatives to consolidate the bilateral relationship. Mr Modi, who arrived in Japan on a brief visit early this morning, earlier held talks with Prime Minister Kishida. “We are meeting today in this hour of grief. After arriving in Japan today, I am feeling more saddened. Because the last time I came, I had a very long conversation with Abe Three Gehlot loyalists get show-cause notice Asha Parekh to be conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, blamed by many Congress leaders for the rebellion of his loyalist MLAs, has been given a clean chit in the report submitted to party chief Sonia Gandhi. State in-charge Ajay Maken, who was present in Jaipur for Sunday's drama and submitted the report, has recommended action against three MLAs. The list includes chief whip Mahesh Joshi, RTDC chairman Dharmendra Rathore and Shanti Dhariwal, who hosted the parallel meeting of MLAs where they passed a resolution on the next Chief Minister. The party has now served a show cause notice to the three Rajasthan leaders for what it calls "an act of grave indiscipline" and has sought a response within 10 days. At the meeting, the MLAs had raised the issue of Sachin Pilot's rebellion in 2020 and passed a resolution saying the CM must be chosen from among those who supported the government at the time. Later, 92 MLAs skipped the legislature party meeting meant to choose the succes- Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot holds an informal meeting with a ministers & MLAs. ANI sor of Gehlot, met the Speaker and threatened mass resignation to keep out Pilot from the top post.The MLAs had also refused to have oneon-one meetings with Central leaders, countering party chief Sonia Gandhi's bid to resolve the situation. Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday reached Delhi from Jaipur, but the reason for his arrival has not yet been disclosed. Earlier, Mr Pilot denied media reports stating that he told the party high command that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should not remain in office if he decides to contest the party presidential poll. It was earlier reported quoting the sources that Mr Pilot had told the high command that it was his responsibility to bring the MLAs together. Refuting the reports, the Congress leader said that he had spoken neither with the party's high command nor with Rajasthan CM .“Am afraid this is false news being reported,” he tweeted. It is understood that the Congress today sent feelers to Mr Gehlot to restore parity after reports that the Gandhis were miffed with him over a rebellion by more than 90 Rajasthan MLAs loyal to him. Senior Congress leaders Ambika Soni and Anand Sharma, after a meeting with interim president Sonia Gandhi, spoke with Mr Gehlot to “resolve the crisis that has been created”, sources said. Nominations for the post of Congress president poll have been collected by Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor and AICC treasurer Pawan Bansal, but Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has not done so yet, said party's central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry . Mr Gehlot is likely to file his nominations for the polls on 28 September, while Tharoor is expected to file his nomination on 30 September. Veteran actress Asha Parekh, who has acted in nearly 100 films, will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2020. Announcing the decision, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said, “I am honoured to announce that the Dadasaheb Phalke Selection Jury has decided to recognise & award Ms Asha Parekh ji for her exemplary lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.” He also announced that the country's highest award in the field of cinema will be presented to her at the 68th National Film Awards ceremony to be held on 30 September. Asha Parekh is a renowned film actress, director, and producer and an accomplished Indian classical dancer. Starting her career as a child actor, she made her debut as the lead heroine in Dil Deke Dekho. She has acted in celebrated films like Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo, Aya Saawan Jhoom Ke,Aan Milo Sajna,and Mera Gaon Mera Desh. ‘Separated woman does not need husband’s consent to terminate 21-week pregnancy’ AGENCIES KOCHI, 27 SEPTEMBER The Kerala High Court on Tuesday allowed a woman claiming to be separated from her husband to terminate her 21-week-old pregnancy. Justice V.G. Arun noted that a husband's consent is not necessary under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP Act) for termination of pregnancy. According to the rules under the MTP Act, one of the factors for allowing termination between 20 and 24 weeks gestation is "change of marital status during the ongoing pregnancy (widowhood and divorce)".The court also pointed out that even though the P10 PM pledges to work with Fumio Kishida in strengthening bilateral ties RAINFALL: 0.1 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% RUSSIA GIVES CITIZENSHIP TO EDWARD SNOWDEN According to the rules, under the MTP Act, one of the factors for allowing termination between 20 and 24 weeks gestation is "change of marital status during the ongoing pregnancy (widowhood and divorce)" pregnant woman wasn't legally divorced or widowed, her changed equation with her husband, criminal complaint against him, and the fact that the husband did not show any inclination of wanting to continue with her amounts to a "drastic change in her matrimonial life". It further noted the Act does not require a woman to obtain her husband's consent to terminate a pregnancy. The petitioner had met and married her husband, against the wishes of her family, when she was pursuing her undergraduate studies and he was a bus conductor in the area.After marriage, however, the petitioner alleged that the husband and his mother treated her poorly with demands of dowry.She also alleged that her husband questioned paternity of the unborn baby and refused to provide support, either financial or emotional. When she sought to terminate her pregnancy, the doctors at the local clinic that she went to, refused the same as there were no legal documents to prove her separation/divorce from her husband.Subsequently, she filed a police complaint against her husband. When she went back to the clinic, the doctors once again refused to relent to her request, forcing her to approach the court. "A perusal of the rule shows that women, whose marital status changed during the ongoing pregnancy (widowhood or divorce), are also included. Indisputably, the petitioner's matrimonial life has completely changed during the pregnancy,” the Court observed and allowed the woman to have her pregnancy terminated and issued necessary directions for the same. CMYK San. And never thought that after leaving, I would have to hear such news,” he told Mr Kishida. He also appreciated the role played by Mr Kishida in taking the IndiaJapan relationship to new heights and also expanded it further in many areas as foreign minister in the Abe government. “And our friendship, the friendship of India and Japan, also played a major role in creating a global impact. And for all this, today, the people of India remember Abe San very much, remember Japan very much. India is always missing him in a way,” he added. HARMANPREET REACHES 5TH SPOT IN BATTING P12 Thackeray vs Shinde: SC allows EC to decide which faction is the ‘real’ Sena SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to decide on the rival claims made by groups led by Uddhav Thackeray and chief minister Eknath Shinde on which faction is the real Shiv Sena. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud declined to stay proceedings before the Election Commission on the Shinde group's claim for recognition as the ‘real’ Shiv Sena. The Bench, also comprising Justices MR Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli and PS Narasimha, rejected the plea of the Uddhav Thackeray group seeking a stay on proceedings before the EC till the Supreme Court decides on the main issue pending before it.“We direct that there would be no stay of the proceedings before the Election Commission of India. Accordingly, the Interlocutory Application is dismissed,” the Bench stated in its order after a day-long hearing. The ECI will now also look at the issue of allotment of Shiv Sena's traditional bow and arrow symbol of the party. Earlier, the apex court had verbally asked the poll panel to not take any precipitative action on the issue. The Thackeray group had filed an application before The ECI will now also look at the issue of allotment of Shiv Sena's traditional bow and arrow symbol of the party The 5-judge Constitution Bench rejected the plea of the Thackeray group seeking a stay on proceedings before the Election Commission till the SC decides on the main issue pending before it the top court seeking direction to restrain the Election Commission from deciding the claim raised by the Shinde faction for recognition as the official Shiv Sena party. During the hearing, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray group, argued that Mr Shinde has incurred disqualification as his various acts amount to voluntary giving up of the party membership under Paragraph 2(1)(a) of the Tenth Schedule and also he has violated the party whip. He said that allowing the Election Commission to decide Mr Shinde's claim can result in "irreparable damage" to the Thackeray group. Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, appearing for the Shinde group, claimed that over 1.5 lakh party members had sent their representations to the Election Commission supporting the Shinde group. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Maharashtra Governor, told the bench that the Election Commission should be allowed to discharge its duties. He said, "This is a political question and it is not the first time that such a split has happened and to decide which faction is the real party. It is the election commission which is equipped to look into this." The top court is seized of several petitions filed by rival groups of Shiv Sena in relation to the Maharashtra political crisis.In August, the top court's three-judge bench had referred to a five-judge Constitution bench the issues involved in the petition filed by rival groups of Shiv Sena in relation to the Maharashtra political crisis. The earlier Bench had also asked the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Rahul Narwekar not to take any action on the new disqualification notices issued against the members of Shiv Sena. The Thackeray-led faction had approached the top court challenging the Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari's decision to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government and also the Speaker's election and floor test.
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